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Q&As at VIFF 2022

Get the full festival experience and meet some amazing creators behind the works on the big screen. Members of the VIFF team and invited guests will participate in discussion periods following select screenings.

Films With Scheduled Q&As

Q&As may not take place at every screening of the films below. Please see individual film pages for more details.

8 Stories About My Hearing Loss

Women Directors

In this autobiographical documentary, director Charo Mato flits between childhood stories, the science of hearing loss, and the poetry of life and language to explore the stories of the d/Deaf and hard of hearing while resisting a monolithic experience.

The Cinematheque International Village 8

1341 Frames of Love and War

Award Winners

Ran Tal's sobering film captures over 50 years of Israeli history through the lens of photojournalist Micha Bar-Am, providing a deep focus on the beauty and horror of humanity as chronicled through his camera.

SFU Woodwards International Village 10

Anyox

Catalyst Mentorship Program Alumni Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Originally constructed around a copper mine, the once thriving company town of Anyox now boasts only two year-round residents. An immaculately crafted portrait of the damage wrought by the callousness of colonial ambition.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre The Cinematheque

 


 

back home

Catalyst Mentorship Program Alumni Documentary Women Directors

In 1999, 11-year-old Nisha Platzer lost her brother, Josh, to suicide. Twenty years later, her search leads her to the door of Josh's chosen family. An eloquent collage that asserts that both grieving and healing are meant to be communal experiences.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre The Cinematheque
Black Ice
Black Ice film image, director Hubert Davis

Black Ice

Award Winners Documentary

This sweeping dissection of systemic racism in Canadian hockey culture documents the personal stories of Black hockey players dealing with racism from fans, coaches, other players, and the institutional pressure to remain silent about their mistreatment.

Vancouver Playhouse International Village 9
Bones of Crows
Bones of Crows film image, director Marie Clements

Bones of Crows

Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Vancouver-born Dene/Métis writer-director Marie Clements lays out a hard history of Indigenous resilience in this urgent, harrowing epic, spanning most of the 20th century; the story of a Cree woman from childhood, through residential school, WWII, and beyond.

Centre for Performing Arts

 


 

Brother
Brother film image, director Clement Virgo, based on the novel by David Chariandy

Brother

Drama

Against the backdrop of suburban Scarborough, two brothers strive to justify their mother’s sacrifices and realise their own ambitions. However, fate has other plans. An elegant and authoritative exploration of both violence and the healing process.

Vancouver Playhouse The Rio Theatre
Concrete Valley
Concrete Valley film image, director Antoine Bourges

Concrete Valley

Drama

A Syrian doctor struggles to hold on to his identity as his family adjusts to life in Canada. Director Antoine Bourges (Fail to Appear) continues his social realist project, turning a lens this time to struggles faced by new immigrants to Canada.

The Cinematheque

Crystal Pite: Angels' Atlas

Documentary Women Directors

This sublime documentary captures the National Ballet of Canada's rebirth through their staging of Angels' Atlas—their final show before the pandemic shutdown in 2020 and their first performance when the company returned in November 2021.

Vancouver Playhouse International Village 9

 


 

Ever Deadly
Ever Deadly film image, co-directors Tanya Tagaq and Chelsea McMullan

Ever Deadly

Art, Music & Photography Documentary Women Directors

Ever Deadly is an intimate portrait of the acclaimed Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq, combining exceptional performance recordings with interviews, verité camerawork, archival material, and hand-drawn animation.

SFU Woodwards
A Fire Inside
A Fire Inside, directors Justin Krook and Luke Mazzaferro

A Fire Inside

Documentary

During Australia's apocalyptic bushfires in 2019-2020, volunteer firefighters put their lives on the line to save their communities. A clarion call about climate change and an ode to the camaraderie of strangers standing together in the midst of a crisis.

International Village 10 VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Framing Agnes

Award Winners Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice LGBTQIA2S+

Exhuming transcripts from a 1950s study on transgender individuals, Chase Joynt and his collaborators employ re-enactments, reinvention, and personal reflections to examine the trans stories that are told and how—and by whom—they are authored.

SFU Woodwards The Rio Theatre

 


 

Golden Delicious

Drama LGBTQIA2S+

Golden Delicious is a coming-of-age story about an Asian-Canadian teenager who is torn between his girlfriend’s dreams of their future and his father’s ambition, all the while struggling with finding himself and his feelings for the boy next door.

The Rio Theatre

The Grizzlie Truth

Documentary Women Directors

Kathleen S. Jayme (Finding Big Country) is out to solve a true sports crime: who robbed us of the Vancouver Grizzlies? Jayme revisits the short history of those bad luck bears, connecting the dots and reconnecting with the Grizzlies heroes and villains.

Centre for Performing Arts
Hopper - An American Love Story
Hopper - An American Love Story film image, director Phil Grabsky

Hopper - An American Love Story

A realist on the surface, Edward Hopper always suggested worlds beyond his compositions, distilling a vivid, solitary sense of life in the 20th century. This doc from the Exhibition on Screen series explores America's favourite artist. World Premiere.

SFU Woodwards International Village 9

 


 

Huesera
Huesera film image, director Michelle Garza Cervera

Huesera

Women Directors

Soon-to-be mother Valeria starts experiencing disturbing visions and night terrors, finding little support from those closest to her—until she is forced to seek help from a mysterious group of women specializing in this type of threat.

The Rio Theatre
International Shorts: Connect/Disconnect/Reconnect
Island of Freedom film image, director Petr Januschka

International Shorts: Connect/Disconnect/Reconnect

Shorts

The films in this shorts program are all about connections. People connecting with one another, dealing with change, or rediscovering a part of themselves and their past.

International Village 8
International Shorts: Family Ties
Mumu film image

International Shorts: Family Ties

Shorts

The bonds of family form the basis of this program of short films. Bonds with history and responsibility—sometimes close, sometimes strained—now and for the future.

International Village 8

 


 

International Shorts: Having a Bad Day
Plastic Killer film image, director Jose Pozo

International Shorts: Having a Bad Day

Shorts

Misadventures, bad choices, and a series of unfortunate events are all present in this program of short films. There is some serious drama and a bit of comedy on display in these exhilarating, thoughtful, and unpredictable tales.

International Village 8
International Shorts: Morality Plays
The Lone Wolf film image

International Shorts: Morality Plays

Shorts

Morals are being challenged on many fronts. The protagonists in this program of short films are all faced with difficult moral choices and they don’t always make the right decisions.

International Village 8
International Shorts: Personal Journeys
Ponto Final film image, director Miguel López Beraza

International Shorts: Personal Journeys

Shorts

The films in this shorts program are all about discovery. Beautiful and thought-provoking voyages of internal and external discovery that honour relations and history, while encountering stimuli that promote a new understanding of self.

International Village 8

 


 

The Klabona Keepers

Documentary Human Rights & Social Justice

The Klabona Keepers is a fierce account of the Tahltan Nation's struggle to protect the Klabona Sacred Headwaters from commercial mining. Interspersing verité cinematography with interviews, the film documents the tactics used by the land defenders.

Vancouver Playhouse International Village 10

Know Your Place

Award Winners Drama

Running an important errand across south Seattle, two teenagers become aware that their rapidly gentrifying city is slowly forcing out people of colour like themselves. An Emerald City odyssey that investigates identity, responsibility, and community.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre The Cinematheque
Lay Down Your Heart
Lay Down Your Heart film image, director Marie Clements

Lay Down Your Heart

Women Directors

Marie Clements' Lay Down Your Heart is a touching tribute to Niall McNeil, a multi-talented artist in theatre who happens to be a person living with Down Syndrome. A heartwarming celebration of a local artist who has succeeded on his own terms.

International Village 10 International Village 9

 


 

Like a Fish on the Moon

Drama Women Directors

When their seemingly happy four-year-old son stops talking, Haleh and Amir consult a series of experts, but it's not long before their own relationship begins to suffer. This superbly acted, spare, empathetic film is completely transfixing.

International Village 8 The Cinematheque

Love Will Come Later

Documentary Romance Women Directors

Like many young Moroccans, Samir considers marrying a foreigner the key to a better life in Europe—but his family would rather arrange a marriage for him with a Moroccan woman. When he falls in love with a tourist, he weighs a life-changing decision.

The Cinematheque VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
The Maiden
The Maiden film image, director Graham Foy

The Maiden

Award Winners Drama

After losing his best friend Kyle in a tragic accident, Colton’s life is turned upside down when he uncovers a missing girl’s diary. A debut feature that's visually arresting, revealing an achingly tender side of adolescence.

International Village 8

 


 

The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art and Times of David Hammons

Art, Music & Photography Documentary

The Melt Goes On Forever chronicles the elusive and provocative African-American artist David Hammons' body of work, which is firmly rooted in the questioning of dominant culture and exposing racial injustice.

International Village 10 International Village 9
MODES 2
Parasite Family film image, director Prapat Jiwarangsan

MODES 2

Shorts

Looking closer at archival images and stories from the past, these artists re-examine and re-create to establish history anew. A daring mix of approaches that excavate new ways of seeing old perspectives.

VIFF - VIFF Centre - Studio Theatre

Motherhood

Drama

Ryuichi Hiroki’s film tells the story of a woman who loves her mother but can’t muster the same feelings for her daughter. Shot through with the spirit of Greek tragedy, Hiroki creates a rich atmosphere of psychological danger.

Vancouver Playhouse The Cinematheque

 


 

North of Normal
North of Normal film image, director Carly Stone

North of Normal

Drama Women Directors

Having spent her early years in a wilderness commune founded by her anti-establishment grandfather, Cea must shed her alternative upbringing and acclimatize to civilization when her mother, Michelle, desires even greater freedom.

International Village 10

OKAY! (The ASD Band Film)

Art, Music & Photography Award Winners Documentary

Filled with infectious melodies and catchy earworms, Okay! (The ASD Band Film) chronicles the band preparing to record their first album of original songs and play their first live show, while exploring their experience of being autistic.

International Village 9 International Village 10

Other Cannibals

Drama

Fausto and Ivan are making important preparations. Both are careful to maintain boundaries and honour their side of the arrangement. Except they keep postponing the main event. That’s understandable, as it involves taking a human life.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre The Cinematheque

 


 

Queens of the Qing Dynasty

Drama Experimental & Avant Garde LGBTQIA2S+ Romance Women Directors

Recovering from a suicide attempt, a neurodiverse Cape Breton teen is drawn into the orbit of a genderqueer hospital volunteer who hails from Shanghai. Despite their disparate backgrounds, the pair operate on identical idiosyncratic frequencies.

International Village 9 The Cinematheque
Riceboy Sleeps
Riceboy Sleeps film image, director Anthony Shim

Riceboy Sleeps

Award Winners Drama

Raising her son Dong-hyun (Dohyun Noel Hwang, then Ethan Hwang) in Vancouver’s suburbs, So-young (Choi Seung-yoon), a South Korean immigrant, desperately wants to instill a sense of pride in the boy. Meanwhile, he just wants to fit in.

Vancouver Playhouse The Rio Theatre
Rodeo
Rodeo film image, director Lola Quivoron

Rodeo

Award Winners Women Directors

When loner Julia infiltrates a local “rodeo”—an underground motocross circuit where brash bikers one-up one another—she’ll need to deliver something showstopping to earn acceptance. As it so happens, she has an idea for an audacious heist.

The Rio Theatre

 


 

Rosie

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Set in 1980s Montréal, Rosie is a love letter to misfits and found families. When an English-speaking Indigenous orphan is deposited at the doorstep of her Francophone aunt, they must learn to find beauty and magic amidst their trying circumstances.

International Village 10

Soft

Drama LGBTQIA2S+

After some petty theft grants three queer adolescents admission to a Toronto gay club, they are left to confront dark consequences. Joseph Amenta’s debut feature is a love letter to friendships and a testament to the queer community’s perseverance.

International Village 8
Something You Said Last Night
Something You Said Last Night film image, director Luis De Filippis

Something You Said Last Night

Award Winners Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Having already suffered the humiliation of losing her job, Ren must now endure a week of summer vacation with her overbearing parents and extroverted, overachieving younger sister. A disarmingly intimate debut feature by Luis de Filippis.

International Village 10 International Village 8

 


 

Soviet Bus Stops

Art, Music & Photography Documentary

It may sound esoteric but this is a joyous film about the historical anomaly of whimsical, eccentric, aesthetically audacious bus stops that permeated the vast Soviet Bloc, lovingly, obsessively tracked down by Canadian photographer Chris Herwig.

The Cinematheque International Village 8
There There
There There film image, director Andrew Bujalski

There There

Drama

Faced with the challenge of making movies under quarantine conditions, Andrew Bujalski came up with six two-handers, and shot each actor separately in this series of wry conversation pieces—a technical feat he carries off with casual elan.

International Village 8 The Rio Theatre

This House

Award Winners Documentary Experimental & Avant Garde Women Directors

Miryam Charles’ haunting work examines the circumstances surrounding her cousin Tessa’s death, while speculating on the life that she might've had. A lyrical reminder of violence’s capacity to rupture reality and shake the foundations of family.

The Cinematheque International Village 8

 


 

Unarchived

Documentary Women Directors

In this zippy doc, we learn about a new way of representing the past, and meet community curators and archivists from across BC whose mission is to share the secret, neglected, and untold histories of this place we only think we know.

SFU Woodwards International Village 10

Until Branches Bend

Drama Human Rights & Social Justice Women Directors

Discovering a potentially invasive insect inside a peach, fruit packer Robin immediately reports it. When management refuses to take action, she goes public with her concerns and precipitates a widescale shutdown in her Okanagan town.

Vancouver Playhouse The Rio Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 1
From Chile to Canada film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 1

Shorts

What kind of alchemy occurs to transform hardship into fortune? Here, the extraordinary burn brightly.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

 


 

VIFF Short Forum: Program 2
Patty Vs. Patty film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 2

Shorts

Fear, doubt, and loneliness give way to pleasure, empowerment, and reclamation—or, is it the other way around?

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 3
Horse Brothers film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 3

Shorts

The camera eye knows no bounds in these stories that push the limits of gravity and grace.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 4
Late Summer film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 4

Shorts

Bouncing through nostalgic aesthetics and genre storytelling, a contemporary point of view comes into focus.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

 


 

VIFF Short Forum: Program 5
Heartbeat of a Nation film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 5

Shorts

Growing up is hard to do, often harder as we get older.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre
VIFF Short Forum: Program 6
N'xaxaitkw film image

VIFF Short Forum: Program 6

Shorts

Cinematic form is given to life’s big mysteries: luck and fate, love and loss, and the spiritual supernatural.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

What We Do Next

Award Winners Drama

A New York City councilwoman, a corporate lawyer, and a newly released convict are pitted against each other in a web of blackmail as they walk the razor’s edge between their morals and the standard judicial process.

International Village 10 The Rio Theatre

 


 

When Time Got Louder

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Leaving home for university, Abbie (Willow Shields) thrives and experiences self-actualization. However, she’s tormented by the knowledge that her brother Kayden (Jonathan Simao), who has autism and is non-verbal, is reeling in her absence.

Vancouver Playhouse SFU Woodwards

A Woman Escapes

Drama Women Directors

From the window of a Parisian apartment willed to her by a late friend, a young woman begins a series of video correspondences with two filmmakers to process her grief. A collaborative meditation on the vital role of community in healing.

International Village 10

You Can Live Forever

Drama LGBTQIA2S+ Women Directors

Set in a Jehovah’s Witness congregation, the film follows queer teenager Jamie as she resists the tight community hold while falling in love with Marike, a charming young Witness tasked with welcoming Jamie into the fold.

International Village 9 International Village 10